Ford is set to combat climate change as it recycles old coffee waste sourced from McDonald’s into auto parts. The American automaker is expected to take the food waste from the fast-food giant, divert it from a landfill to its laboratory and get it engineered into bioplastics.
Why it matters: In addition to curbing climate change, the global brand is also committed to reducing food waste, to make effort to make car parts lighter, use less petroleum, and lower CO2 emissions.
The auto industry is under enormous pressure to reduce tailpipe emissions and increase the production of electric vehicles. Over a quarter of all carbon emissions are from the transportation sector.
Senior Technical Leader, Materials Sustainability, Ford, Debbie Mielewski, explained that traditionally, his company uses plastic and talc to make its headlamp housing but the coffee version is more sustainable because it’s lighter and doesn’t use the talc, which as a mineral isn’t renewable.
She said, “Coffee chaff is widely available and much of it goes to waste. Eventually, Ford hopes to incorporate the material into more cars and use it for more parts. Ford decided to work with coffee chaff a few years ago. But it’s been experimenting with organic materials for over a decade. If you came to our lab, it looks somewhere between a landfill and a farm.”
The process: Ford stated, “Every year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff, which is the dried skin of the bean that naturally comes off during the roasting process, are turned into garden mulch or charcoal in North America.
“Together, Ford and McDonald’s can provide an innovative new home to a significant portion of that material. The duo found that chaff can be converted into a durable material to reinforce certain vehicle parts. By heating the chaff to high temperatures under low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other additives and turning it into pellets, the material can be formed into various shapes.
“The chaff composite meets the quality specifications for parts like headlamp housings and other interior and underhood components. The resulting components will be about 20% lighter and require up to 25% less energy during the moulding process. Heat properties of the chaff component are significantly better than the currently used material.”
Ford has set a goal for itself to only use recycled and renewable plastics in its global vehicle fleet.
Africa’s richest woman has assets seized by Portugal
She is being accused of embezzling over $ 1 billion from Angolan state-owned firms.
The Portuguese Government seized shares owned by Angola’s Isabel dos Santos in the Efacec Power Solutions SGPS SA Company, in a bid to help the company find new owners.
Isabel Dos Santos has been battling a corruption probe both home and in Portugal. She is being accused of embezzling over $ 1 billion from Angolan state-owned firms.
Dos Santos owned a 72% stake in the company through a Maltese registered company called “Winterfell 2”. Angola’s Finance Minister, Pedro Vieira said on Thursday that the Angolan government has started plans to sell the stake and already has interest from interested bidders.
Efacec has annual sales of $449 million, according to the Minister.
Efacec announced back in January that Isabel dos Santos had planned to sell most of her majority stake in the company.
Isabel dos Santos had her assets frozen in December 2019 by Angolan courts, she claims the corruption probe against her was based on a fake passport signed by late Hollywood star Bruce Lee. Portugal also froze her assets in February.
FBI seeks help finding 6 Nigerians accused of fraud totaling over $6 million
The Nigerians are also accused of working with money launderers, romance scammers, and others.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced, through its Twitter handle, that it needs the help of the public to find six Nigerians who were complicit in Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes, which led to the loss of over $6 million.
Help the #FBI find six Nigerian nationals wanted for their involvement in business email compromise (BEC) schemes resulting in over $6 million in losses. Read more about each defendant at https://t.co/Q1OToaIVsl, and submit tips at https://t.co/iL7sD5efWD. #FugitiveFriday pic.twitter.com/67TZPHLgHA
— FBI (@FBI) June 27, 2020
The accused Nigerians in the FBI’s Cyber Most wanted are Richard Izuchuckwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, Nnamdi Benson, and Micheal Olorunyomi.
The FBI says that over 70 different businesses were defrauded of the amount. The fugitives are accused of sending spoofed emails to thousands of businesses requesting fraudulent wire services.
The Nigerians are also accused of working with money launderers, romance scammers, and others involved in BEC schemes “through a complex web of witting and unwitting people in the United States and abroad.”
Uzuh and Ogunshakin are alleged to have conducted their own BEC Schemes; while learning from Uzuh, Ogunshakin provided the bank accounts to him, Benson, Kayode and Okpo, whose accounts were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers. Okpoh alone is accused of providing bank accounts for receiving fraudulent transfers valued at $1 million.
Uzuh was indicted in October 2016 in the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, on wire fraud charges and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, while the other co-conspirators were indicted in August 2019 at the same district court and had Federal warrants issued for their arrests.
Meanwhile, Micheal Olorunyomi, who was indicted in November 2019, is accused of defrauding victims of over $1 million by targeting vulnerable elders or widows through romance fraud schemes.
Trump halts access to green cards, employment-based visa till end of 2020
Workers who are already in the United States will not be affected by this order.
President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, is set to sign an order temporarily halting access to several employment-based visas, and issuance of green cards for the rest of the year.
This decision, which comes as a result of the 13.3% unemployment rate caused by the coronavirus pandemic, will restrain hundreds of thousands of people seeking to work in the U.S. However, workers who are already in the United States will not be affected by this order.
According to a senior administration official quoted on Bloomberg, the order will freeze new H1-B, H2-B, H-4, L and most J visas through the end of the year, the official said.
The only exceptions are the food processing workers who will still be allowed to access H2-B visas.
In a Saturday interview with Fox News, Trump had stated that he wanted Americans to take the jobs that would otherwise go to those granted the visas.
“We have plenty of people looking for jobs,” he told Fox. “I think it’s going to make a lot of people very happy. And it’s common sense.”
Trump had earlier hinted at plans to temporarily suspend migrations to the US, amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Information Technology Industry Council, that such moves could disrupt business.
Employment based visas
H-1B visas cover temporary work authorizations for people with highly specialized knowledge, while H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members of H-1B visa holders.
The H-2 visas allow temporary work in agriculture, construction, forestry and many other industries.
L visas are for temporary intracompany transfers for those who are in management positions or have specialized knowledge, while J visas are for work- and study-based exchange visitor programs.
Although the American technology industry has relied on H-1B visas to hire foreign talent, particularly in the fields of science and engineering in the past years, critics say some companies have abused the program to displace American workers.
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Bloomberg reports that there are plans to restructure the H1-B program to rewrite rules in which applicants will get priority for H1-B visas, giving reference to would-be immigrants with the highest salary offers.
In the 2019 fiscal year alone, the US issued more than 900,000 visas in these categories.